Held annually (going 10 years strong), the last car event for many Sydneysiders is JDMYARDs HONDA SHOWOFF car event. It's the time of year for many to catch up with mates, check out the progress of individual builds, see what's hot and score a deal with JDMyards once a year Christmas sale, "It's way for us (JDMYard) to give back to a community, that has given us so much throughout the years" says Yonas from JDMyard.
As part of tradition are the very much anticipated JDMYARD HONDA SHOWOFF Trophies based on 8 categories:
Jemery Morris from Prowraps and Graphic, with the help from the guys from Smooth As detailing were given the responsibility to judge and choose the 2016 JDMYARD HONDA SHOWOFF WINNERS.
Congrats to all the winners.
Best Interior Winner - Seth and his EK Civic
The Interior was clean, well thought out, purposeful and meticulously detailed. The Red EK9 carpet was also a nice touch.
Best Stance Winner - Tony and his Euro Accord.
Stance is a funny one in terms of what it means, one person will say it's about wheel fitment, how aggressive it looks and its overall road presence. Someone else will then tell you, it's just about how low the car sits. Tony's Euro Accord had both, wheel fitment was at the most aggressive offset you would want on a Euro Accord, before going from aggressive flush fitment to poke (and wheel poke to us, is like walking around with an erection. It's not a good look; even if it's 9 inches). We didn't have time to ask if it was on bags or if it was static, but a slammed street car regardless of functionality always looks dope.
Best Engine Bay Winner - John and his EK Civic.
Attention to detail, attention to detail, attention to detail! An engine bay with a $2,000 paint job, messy wiring, moms spaghetti vacuum lines, and stuff everywhere will make the same power as a neat and tidy engine bay. However, to be a contender, it should be of either two things, 1) be able to efficiently use the space available, to fit aftermarket items such as a turbo, catch can, cooler pipes, etc or 2) effectively be able to free up space or create an minimalist appearance ie, engine wire tuck, shaved bays, etc. There were many great engine bays on display, which made it a difficult choice.
The right combination of bling and flat alloy finishes, with the neat wiring, tidy exhaust wrap, to the efficient use of engine bay space with consideration to item placement, right down to the use of new bolts were the stand out features in the engine bay of Johns EK Civic. The combination of form and function made it easy for any person regardless of experience to identify and enjoy each item individuality and as a complete package.
Best Engine Swap Winner - Adz and his FD RX7 ,
One for the bold and crazy. As long as the car has a Honda motor it's a contender. The winner this year was Adz(s) FD RX7 with a Kswap+turbo. We can already hear the hate, "Why would you? When a 13BT would make the same amount, if not more power, dollar for dollar" Yes. Yes we know, and yes we also know that rotaries can be reliable, and yes, we also agree a rotary engine is the soul and personality of the RX7, which makes it special and yep, we know, it's now just more like a grown up MX5. BUT that's the point, this K-Swapped RX7 is fast, extremely fast and unlike an MX5, you can drive it and not have to put up with hairdresser jokes all the time, so each to their own.
Because Racecar Winner - Jaylen and his Clubsprint, World Time Attack S2000.
Jaylen's S2000 managed a 1:39.87 lap time at Sydney Motorsport park for the 2016 World Time Attack Clubsprint Class. When compared to the Open Class cars that are able to use semi-slick tyres, the S2000 lap time is impressive, considering the lap time was done on street tyres - it's a serious bit of kit.
Best Pre 1992 Winner - Will and his EF Civic
You forget how old these cars are until you sit down and crunch the numbers. The EF, as of next year will be 30-years old, which means this category is just as much as recognising the legacy of Honda and the owners who choose to keep the older the chassis rolling and alive. We salute you! Keep the dream alive.
Best of Show Winner - Mike and his EF CRX
It's an all-out build, where nothing is left untouched. Best of Show covers the bodywork, paint, interior, drivetrain, engine mechanicals, suspension, etc. It is an encapsulation of the builders accumulated knowledge, patience, passion, time spent and hard work for a finely executed car.
The engine bay and Kswap is flawless. He managed to perfectly find the balance between an OEM engine bay and an all-out show stopper. The clever use of retrofitting a Mugen box and the high contrast between the black valve cover, black hoses with the polished Alloy K-tuned Kswap items, made for a classy finish, paying homage to the yesteryears of beautiful engine bays that came stock from the factory, instead of horrible black and silver plastic engine bay covers we get today in modern sports cars.
The interior is a minimalist, clutter-free and driver focused. A handful of well-picked items are used to dress up, and even downplay the space. A Mugen Steering wheel, a Mugen set of foot pedals, with the combination of a black Checkered sports gear knob and just enough bling from the K-tuned billet shifter are subtle clues of what lies under the bonnet. In an age of digital screens and touch buttons, the analog center console from the CRX has been deleted with the clever use of Honda's OEM single and double din bock-off plates. The overall feeling is an ageless inspired race car interior.
If the front half was driver focused, then the rear of the car is all about showing off the hard work underneath the carpet-It's all gloss and the same color as the exterior. Now, most of us, would not for a minute think about spending a considerable amount of time on something boring AF, as a filler neck (normally dirty with a golden zinc coating) and most, including ourselves, would probably just wipe it down and call it a day. The more pedantic ones would maybe order a new one from Honda, but Mike went one step further and got it chrome polished. The result is fantastic, and if we had to choose one reason why it deserved to win, our car geek self would say it was because of a chrome filler neck- I mean who does that?!
In saying that, It has to be stressed that everything on this car is either brand new or restored back to OEM as closely as possible and it's that amount of effort that directly correlates to the end result that Mike and his EF CRX deserves JDMYARD HONDA SHOWOFF Best of show.